1Bob Gibbins and Lizzie: 240 Love Dolls
60-year-old Bob Gibbins and his wife Lizzie, 55, have a rather unusual collection of 240 different kinds of love dolls that they like dressing up and taking on shopping trips.
Bob says that he has always been interested in dolls, but his passion really started to develop when he used to buy rag dolls and other toys for his two kids. He then moved on to buying shop mannequins for a few years, amassing a pretty impressive collection. However, it wasn't until he found an online forum about silicone dolls that he realized that's what he really wanted to collect. With the help of his wife, Gibbins acquired his first silicone doll, Beverly, in 2007 for around $4,000. But that was only the beginning, as the couple continued to buy different kinds of love dolls, from cheap blow-up dolls costing $639 at most, to realistic silicone dolls like Jessica, who put a serious $11,202 dent in the family budget. All in all, Bob and Lizzie Gibbins estimate that they've spent around $160,000 since they started collecting love dolls.
Although love dolls are usually bought and used for sexual purposes, Bob says he has never used one of his girls in such a way. He admits that he finds most of them attractive, especially since he says they were created with perfect physical assets, but he considers them all part of the family.
2Graham Barker: World's Largest (and Probably the Only) Belly Button Lint Collection
Collecting navel lint is probably not the kind of hobby you want to bring up in a conversation, but that hasn't stopped a 45-year-old librarian from collecting his own belly button fluff for the last 26 years.
Graham Barker from Perth, Australia started his bizarre collection when he noticed his own navel lint one night and became curious about how much fluff a person produces. The only way to answer his own question was to monitor his own belly button and collect the lint. Contrary to what most people believe when they hear about his weird habit, Graham isn't obsessed with lint, nor does he spend most of his time checking his navel. He is only driven by curiosity, and dedicates a mere ten seconds a day to collecting the fluff, right before stepping into the shower.
The amount of fluff he finds in his navel every night depends on the type of clothes he's been wearing that day, but he has noticed that thermal underwear is the most productive. Each night, he takes whatever he can find in his belly button and stores it in a clay jar, bought specifically for collecting lint. At the end of each year, he adds the lint to his grand collection. In the 26 years that he has been collecting his own fluff, he has managed to fill three glass jars, and he is already working on his fourth. Believe it or not, his extensive collection weighs just 22 grams.
After being acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest collection of navel lint, his three jars of fluff were acquired by a museum for an undisclosed amount.
3Eric Ducharme: Latex Mermaid Tails
When Eric Ducharme slips into his handmade fin to explore the crystal clear waters of Florida's natural springs as a merman, he says he's mentally transported, as well. This is the unique, eye-catching life of a Florida man who says he eats, sleeps, and breathes mermaids while physically looking and acting like one as often as time allows.
Since Ducharme was a child he says he's been fascinated with mermaids. At the age of 16, he put on his first show while swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs' Little Mermaid show in 2006.
Today, Ducharme runs his own business called Mertailor that manufactures custom-made tails from silicone, urethanes, and latex rubbers like the ones he wears.
4World's Largest Collection of “ABC” (Already Been Chewed) Nicotine Gum
Have you ever heard of anyone rolling around an ABC gumball like it was a piece of cookie dough? Well, you're about to.
When Barry Chappell was on an international flight, he started chewing Nicorette gum because he couldn't smoke. Since there was no place to put the gum when he was finished chewing it, he just held it in his hand and twirled it around into a little ball with his fingers. Piece after piece, his discarded gum became a much larger ball between his fingers. It was at that moment when his brilliant idea was born. Why not create the world's largest gumball and completely stop smoking in the process?
Now, six years and 95,200 piece of gum later, Barry is a non-smoking superstar. He created a gigantic piece of chewed gum that weighs 175 pounds!
5Paul Brockman: 55,000 Dresses in a Collection Handpicked for His Wife
If love was measured in dresses, Paul Brockman would probably be the most loving husband in the world. Over the past 56 years, the German-born contractor from Lomita, California has given his wife Margot 55,000 dresses, all of which he picked out himself.
The first ten dresses in Paul Brockman's impressive collection were free. He got them while working at a seaport in Bremen, Germany, where workers could pick out anything they wanted when the merchandise bales were opened. He gave them all to his then-girlfriend, Margot. After going steady for a while, Paul asked the girl's parents for her hand in marriage.
He and Margot shared a passion for dancing and went ballroom dancing every week, but Paul wanted her to have a different dress every time, so he kept buying her new ones.
Margot never liked shopping, so Paul picked out and bought the dresses all by himself. He would buy dresses before work, after work, and even during work, sometimes coming home with up to 30 different ones. He got them during end-of-season department store sales, at yard sales, and pretty much anywhere he saw something he liked. At one point, his obsession with dresses got so out of hand that he stopped caring about their size.
He never set a budget for his purchases. He would sometimes spend all the money he had in his pocket, and wait until next week if he was broke. The most he spent was $300 on a dress Margot that never even wore. As you can imagine, most of the 55,000 dresses were never worn.
6Jian Yang: 6,000 Barbie Dolls
The white exterior and Spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls.
The 33-year-old Singapore man favors minimalist decor, but the Barbies and 3,000 other dolls dominate three sides of the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in his dressing room and the shelves of his study.
Yang has a professional interest in toys and consumer trends as director of strategy at Omicom Media Group. However, his Barbie collection began at age 13 when he bought the "Great Shape" model in a turquoise Spandex gym outfit and striped leg warmers.
His boyhood interest turned into a "crazy obsession" that his friends support and his family has come to accept. He has spent 20 years and over £251,699 on his collection.
NOTE: Although Yang has a pretty massive collection, the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records gives the award for the largest Barbie doll collection to Germany's Bettina Dorfmann, who owns something like 15,000 Barbies.
7 Chris Reid: World's Largest (and Coolest) Super Soaker Collection
Take a look at Chris Reid's insane collection of Super Soaker water guns. The Super Soaker water gun was first introduced in 1989 and quickly out-powered other water guns of its time. With its pump-action system, the Super Soaker basically gave you the ability to shoot water for long distances for much longer than traditional water guns.
He has about 340 Super Soakers overall, including about 240 unique designs (the others are color variations or duplicates). His very first Super Soaker, the green and yellow 50, was autographed by Super Soaker inventor Lonnie Johnson.
8Robyn Amato: 3,000 Raggedy Ann Dolls
Even though she's surrounded by more than 3,000 Raggedy Ann dolls, Tampa resident Robyn Amato can't stop collecting. She never had a Raggedy Ann doll as a child, so her fixation didn't start until she was pushing 40. Now, the 58-year-old Tampa, Florida woman admits that the dolls have taken over every room of her house.
So far she has spent more than $20,000 on dolls, cookie jars, and other Raggedy Ann memorabilia.
Amato also loves dressing up as Raggedy Ann and taking some of her precious dolls out for day trips. She throws tea parties and spends time daily in a special bedroom reserved for her Raggedy Ann clan, as well.
9Vic Clinco: World's Largest Hot Sauce Collection
Vic Clinco owns what is thought to be the world's largest hot sauce collection. His amazing 6,000 bottle collection from around the world includes a rare bottle of “Blair's 16 Million Reserve,” the hottest sauce on the planet. The condiments line shelves, from floor to ceiling, in the dining room of his home in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as being crammed into cupboards and the fridge.
He has been collecting the jars for the past 17 years and is widely thought to hold the world record for a private collection. Mr. Clinco, who works as a staff cook at the Four Seasons hotel, said his most expensive bottle is worth about $900 – a one of a kind – and the most he has ever paid for a bottle is $400.
10Paul Luke: World's Largest Collection of Milk Bottles
A former milkman has been forced to build a museum in his back garden after his home became too small to hold his collection of more than 10,000 milk bottles.
Dedicated Paul Luke, 33, saved his first milk bottle when he was just nine years old while earning pocket money as a "milkman's mate." However, his collection has swelled to more than 10,000 bottles over the years, with some of the rarest dating back to the 1890s.